Open Arms rescue ship docks in Italy

  • Wednesday 27, November 2019 08:36 AM
Sharjah24 – Reuters: Spanish rescue ship Open Arms docked in the Italian port of Taranto on Tuesday carrying 62 mostly West and Central African migrants who celebrated the end of a political tussle over their fate, after Italy initially refused to take them in.
Italy said the charity's ship Open Arms should drop the migrants off in Tripoli under international arrangements. But Rome changed its position after the coastguard evacuated 11 other members of the group, including young children and several injured.

The Italian government has taken a hard line against immigration and has previously resisted attempts by rescue ships to land migrants in its territory.

There have been nearly 1,000 confirmed deaths on the three main migration routes across the Mediterranean so far this year, according to the International Organization for Migration.